Trivia / Mad Max

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Max's black coupe. It is a Pursuit Special, but is often mistakenly called the Interceptor, the designation of his yellow patrol car (and also Roop and Charlie's patrol car), by fans, because it sounds cooler. And not just by fans — in Road Warrior, it's described as "the last of the V8 Interceptors" by the mechanic.
    • Max is never referred to onscreen as Mad Max. The nearest anyone comes to it is when Johnny screams at Max that he is mad when he is handcuffed by the ankle to a car rigged to explode.
  • Cast the Expert: A lot of the extras recruited to play biker gang members were actual local bikers, whom the pocket-change-budget production paid in beer.
  • Deleted Scene: The Mad Max Movies page lists various scenes that were cut from the first movie, but were said to have shown up in early cuts of the US version, especially on cable and VHS/Betamax. One deleted scene was said to have the biker gang return to Main Force Patrol headquarters and kill the remaining MFP officers. That may explain the absence of Max's comrades when he goes hunting for the bikers.
  • Fake Australian:
    • Because Mel Gibson gets a pass (he was born in NY, but raised in Australia), there is Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome, and most of the cast in Fury Road (Max, Nux and Angharad: British; Furiosa: South African; Capable and Toast: American).
    • For that matter, Max himself has yet to be portrayed by a native Australian; Gibson's successor in the role, Tom Hardy, is English.
  • Food as Bribe: Most of the extras used in the original film were paid in beer.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Hugh Keays-Byrne plays the violent, murderous Toecutter but interviews show that Keays-Byrne is a very humble old fellow who seems really grateful to be able to do another Mad Max villain in Immortan Joe decades later. A scene in a behind-the-scenes clip for Fury Road shows him walking in full costume while stuntmen (also in full costume) stand on the trailer used to transport the screen-used cars. He bellows "You look amazing!", and they respond with the Warboy salute.
  • Method Acting: Hugh Keays-Byrne and the other actors playing the bikies stayed in character most of the time to create a real feeling of tension between them and the MFP actors. It worked a little too well; Geoff Parry (Bubba Zanetti) recalled being refused service at a bank and David Bracks (Mudguts) said he was kicked out of a restaurant. A lot of the crew were afraid of Hugh as well, who was almost constantly in character as the Toecutter.
  • Missing Episode: As noted above, some American viewers claim to have seen a number of additional scenes in early US cuts of the film such as the bikers killing off the remaining MFP officers, Max & Goose having a race and Max arming himself from the police arsenal before going after the bikers. These were said to be shown in cuts of the film on cable television in the early 1980s as well as VHS/Betamax copies. At the time of this writing, video of these deleted scenes have not been found.
  • Name's the Same: The first two films were not scored by Brian May, guitarist of Queen, but by a Australian composer of the same name.
  • No Budget: Prior to the release of The Blair Witch Project, Mad Max had the highest profit ($100 million US Dollars) to cost ($300,000-400,000 Australian) ratio of any film. Most of the actors provided their own cars and the extras were paid with beer.
  • Star-Making Role: For Mel Gibson.
  • Word of God: George Miller has said that the films are not part of a consistent canon, but rather a series of loosely-connected folk tales.
  • Write What You Know: The events of the film were heavily based on George Miller's memories of all the serious injuries and death he witnessed while working in a Sydney ER, as well as the serious car accidents, some of which killed friends of his, that occurred around his boyhood home in rural Queensland.
  • You Look Familiar: 36 years after playing Big Bad Toecutter, Hugh Keays-Byrne returned to the franchise to the play another Big Bad as Immortan Joe in Fury Road.


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